Not that anyone expected otherwise, but Jaxson Kirkland made it official on Monday that he was giving up his remaining football eligibility at the University of Washington by accepting an invitation to play at the East-West Shrine Bowl.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle from Vancouver, Washington, is considered a high-round NFL draft pick and will take part in the postseason All-Star game on February 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas .
Kirkland were an All-Pac-12 first-team selection last year and didn’t quite have the last Husky season he’d envisioned. He missed a couple of games because he was injured and saw his team slide to 4-8 and coach Jimmy Lake was fired.
While the UW offensive line has been much maligned for having achieved too little over the course of the season, Kirkland seemed to be maintaining its reputation and appeared as a first- through second-round pick according to the draft boards.
Kirkland was a four year old starter for the Huskies, two seasons each as right guard and left tackle, while opening in 39 games. He followed his father Dean, a 1990 All-Pac-10 offensive guard, to the UW.
Formerly known as the East-West Shrine Game and played in the Bay Area for decades, this football all-star game has spun around Florida and Texas for the past 15 years before moving to its new location.
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